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The U.S. Department of Education's Improving Literacy Through School
Libraries (LSL) Program focuses on providing funding to public school
libraries in districts with 20.00 percent or more family poverty. Funds
are used to improve reading achievement through updating the library
collection, expanding internet connections, purchasing new technology,
providing professional development for library media specialists, and
extending school library hours. Please note that individual schools may
not apply for this program. This is for public local school districts or
charter schools or state-administered schools that are considered local
school districts by their State Educational Agency. More information
about this program can be found on the program's Web site <file:///\\\programs\lsl> .

The Department announced the 2008 LSL program competition in the Federal
Register on January 22nd, and applications will be due on Friday, March
7th. Approximately 18.5 million dollars will be available for funding,
and an estimated 80 grants will be awarded under this competition. You
may access the full application package on the program Web site <file:///\\\programs\lsl>  under
"Applicant Info." The Federal Register Notice can be found at
html> .

It is important to note that LSL applicants must use the U.S. Federal
Government's applications system to apply. It is vital that
all applicants register early, since the registration process on can take from 7 to 10 days! Please note that if you are
registered, make sure your information is up-to-date. The LSL
application package can be found on
<file:///\\>  along with instructions for registering in
the system and applying for grants. It is also necessary to
send in your application at least three days before the closing date of
the competition, since it can take that long to process the application!

If you have any questions please e-mail Dr. Irene Harwarth, Team Leader
for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program at 



Beth Yoke, Executive Director

Young Adult Library Services Association

fastest growing division of ALA

50 E. Huron St. Chicago, IL 60611

1.800.545.2433 x4391

fax: 312.280.5276

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